Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Killer 

Matt must go to extreme lengths to stop the killing spree of a psychopathic murderer who provokes gunfights with cowboys, farmers, and others whom he knows have no chance against him.



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A brutal killer named Crego is in Dodge. His game is to goad slower men into drawing first and then gunning them down and claiming self defense. Each time Dillon confronts him he backs down. If Matt can't rely on the law to provide a solution to this problem he may be forced to resort to Crego's tactics to mete out justice. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

26 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Nusser makes his second appearance in this show. It will still be five more years before he is cast as the town drunk Louie Pheeters. See more »


Listed as the uncredited announcer, George Walsh's voice is never heard during the teleplay. See more »


'Doc' Adams: [Stands over body of gunshot victim] Crego, he's a brutal man, Matt. He... you know what he did here? He shot that man in the gun arm first, then he put a bullet through each one of his knees. Finally shot him in the belly. That's a terrible thing to do, that's a painful way to kill a man. It's evil! He was just a poor potato grubber. He didn't have a chance.
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Matt uses an unorthodox method to stop a killer.
15 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode Matt is placed in a dilemma of following the rules of justice or taking matters into his own hands. Either way he knows that he must stop a man that enjoys killing. For the first time in the series Marshal Dillon using some questionable tactics trying to make Dodge and the world safer from killers like Crego.

Crego, played by Charles Bronson, is a gunslinger that tends to pick on the weak and the inexperienced. Like a shining billboard he goes around picking gunfights that he knows he will win and then claims self-defense when and where ever he kills a man. And since he does this either out on the prairie with no witnesses or in a city with many witnesses, he can always claim that he was defending himself as he prods the victim to draw.

Matt knows that Crego is a dangerous man. If something is not done then he will continue killing old men and innocent young boys. Even though Crego would never take a chance in a gunfight with someone that could actually kill him, Matt has to find a way to stop the onslaught of other victim even if it means placing himself in harms way.

Another great tale from the old west which is a pleasure to watch and relive. I found nothing wrong with the acting or the sets since I was absorbed in the story and was waiting for the next scene and action. The episode was entertaining to the very end. Good Watch.

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